Pleasantly Perfect

Whitmore Takes On Catalina Cruiser In True North Stakes

Grade 1-winner Whitmore and the returning Catalina Cruiser headline Friday’s Grade 2, $250,000 True North, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward at Belmont Park. Trained by Ron Moquett for owners Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners, Whitmore broke through at the Grade 1 level in August at Saratoga Race […]

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Whitmore Threepeats In Hot Springs Stakes

Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000 at Oaklawn Park. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […]

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Breeders’ Cup Runner-Up Whitmore ‘Very Happy’ To Get Back To Work At Oaklawn

Whitmore is maybe two weeks away from his first work of the year, with the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 9 at Oaklawn being targeted as the 6-year-old gelding’s comeback spot, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Freshened in Kentucky following a runner-up finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) […]

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Cruel Intention Bests Galilean In Golden State Juvenile

In what quickly developed into a two-horse race, Bob Baffert’s Cruel Intention bested Jerry Hollendorfer’s Galilean by a neck as they finished some 16 lengths clear of their competition in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita. Ridden by Evin Roman, Cruel Intention, a 2-year-old California-bred colt by Smiling Tiger (who stands at Harris […]

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Whitmore Skims The Rail To Get His First G1 In Forego

Robert LaPenta, Ron Moquett and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore made his 22nd lifetime start a victory in Saturday’s Forego Stakes, the first Grade 1 of the 5-year-old Pleasantly Perfect gelding’s career. Ricardo Santana guided Whitmore up the rail at the Spa to sneak away in the stretch, crossing the wire 1 1/2 lengths in […]

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Whitmore Repeats In Count Fleet Sprint

Southern Springs Stable, Robert LaPenta, and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore captured the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap for the second year in a row, finishing with and impressive stretch run to hit the wire in front. The 5-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Ron Moquett, covered six furlongs […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Solis Officially Announces His Retirement

From the TVG set at Del Mar, Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis officially announced his retirement from the saddle on Sunday. The 53-year-old Panamanian native last rode in April of 2017, and completes his career with a total of 5,035 victories and earnings of over $238 million. He currently serves on the California Horse Racing […]

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Whitmore Up Just In Time For Ogden Phoenix Victory

Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore had a great head bob at the wire to win Friday’s Grade 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix by a nose at odds of 3-1. The 4-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by Manny Franco, broke from the widest post in the 11-horse field, stayed […]

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Whitmore ‘A Happy Boy’ Leading Up To Friday’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes

The goal for Whitmore remains the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), and the 4-year-old Pleasantly Perfect gelding can take a major step in that direction Friday when he makes an expected start in the 165th running of the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) on opening day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet. “The plan […]

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Whitmore Runs Win Streak to Five In Maryland Sprint

Under persistent right-handed urging from jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., Whitmore rallied in deep stretch to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Maryland Sprint on the Preakness day undercard at Pimlico, edging A.P. Indian by a half-length, with Awesome Banner a head back in third and Holy Boss fourth. Sent off as the 6-5 favorite, the 4-year-old gelding […]

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